Roots damaging drains

Discussion in 'Araucariaceae' started by TimMugg, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. TimMugg

    TimMugg New Member

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    Hello, I can find talk about roots, but nothing that can help me:

    I've got my eye on a tree that is 10ft tall and is in an 18" pot. I want to acquire this tree for my front garden, I live in an urban area without much space and I've been advised (by gardeners not experts) that a tree like this will grow its roots out rapidly when freed from the pot and break the drains surrounding the property.

    But is that right?

    Will it grow out and cause damage or will it treat my garden as a much larger pot and when it's grown out a couple of meters to the road/drains would it not do just the same as it did in its pot and curl?

    I appreciate that if it does treat my garden as a pot, then it's growth above ground will be restricted, so I'm not expecting it to grow to be a monster above ground with a tiny root system.

    Thanks for any help
     
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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Are we to assume this tree is a member of the Araucariaceae, like a monkey-puzzle?
     
  3. TimMugg

    TimMugg New Member

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    Sorry, yes it is - I thought this section was specific to the araucariacae.

    I'm looking specifically at a monkey puzzle tree.
     

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